Spiked drinks and food make good times go bad

It’s not so rare as many think by ROBBY BERMAN Spiking a victim’s drink and food is a common ploy in sexual assault Drinks and food may be tampered with by a range of bad actors, including “friends” Being informed can help keep you safe in social drinking situations A lot of people may assume that having someone covertly slip something into your drink or food only happens to other people. But 56% of women and 44% of men, know from personal experience that’s that’s not so. That’s according to statistics gathered in surveys conducted by Alcohol.org and published as a collection … Continue reading Spiked drinks and food make good times go bad

Turning a Ship

Photo by Knut Troim | https://tricy.cl/2xNFR7n Transforming our habits requires a moment of insight coupled with sustained effort. By Oren Jay Sofer Habit is the greatest tyrant,” an elder once told me. By the time we reach adulthood, we’re each carrying decades of habits. We’ve become accustomed to the routines and patterns that we’ve cobbled together to get by. In spite of our best intentions, without an initial spark of change and a clear path to sustain it, we can remain paralyzed by fear or despair, locked in by numbness, or strung out by our addiction to comfort. Whether for individual … Continue reading Turning a Ship

Are You an Echoist?

Echo gazing at Narcissus Source: ECHO AND NARCISSUS, J.W. WATERHOUSE Here are nine fast facts about the new term that’s helping survivors everywhere. by Craig Malkin Ph.D. Recently, I’ve been inundated with requests from journalists to discuss echoism, a term I introduced the public to in my book, Rethinking Narcissism.  Articles on the subject are trending and a new book, Echoism, even devotes itself to understanding the topic in depth. Echoism support groups, therapists, and workshops are springing up and demand for information appears to be growing.  But what does the word mean? I’ve compiled my answers to nine of the most frequently asked questions about echoism. What is echoism?  Echoism is a trait that my colleagues … Continue reading Are You an Echoist?

The ‘Untrue’ Woman

LITTLE, BROWN SPARK A new book makes the case for the primacy of the female libido, and for a societal reckoning with that reality. DEBORAH COPAKEN Untrue: Why Nearly Everything We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free BY WEDNESDAY MARTIN LITTLE, BROWN SPARK A week after devouring Untrue, Wednesday Martin’s eminently readable treatise on the lies society has been fed about female sexuality, agency, and infidelity, I saw an ad for Brooklinen sheets on the New York City subway. Three sets of socked feet were sticking out from beneath these sheets—two … Continue reading The ‘Untrue’ Woman


by Sigmund Fraud, Staff Writer Waking Times “If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange—meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil.” ~Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange When they lock you up in a mental institution three things happen: your physical freedom is taken away, your health freedom is taken away, and you’re stuck with crazy people. Trying to understand today’s society is an exercise in madness, it just doesn’t make sense, … Continue reading DO WE REALLY LIVE IN AN ELABORATE MENTAL ASYLUM?

Our age of horror

Photo by Frédéric Soltan/Getty In this febrile cultural moment filled with fear of the Other, horror has achieved the status of true art by M M Owen is a British author who has published fiction and non-fiction in a range of places. He obtained his PhD at the University of British Columbia, and now runs a design and animation studio called Misfit Productions and an independent press called Misfit Press. Edited by Pam Weintraub In Ray Bradbury’s horror short story, ‘The Next in Line’ (1955), a woman visits the catacombs in Guanajuato, Mexico. Mummified bodies line the walls. Lying awake the next … Continue reading Our age of horror


by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer Waking Times We live in a supremely statist world, and ordinary people find it practically impossible to think outside of this box. If you ask the ‘man on the street’ what he thinks of political anarchism, you’ll notice that their mind is altogether incapable of even entertaining the possibility. They’ll tell you that anarchy is chaos, blood in the streets, riots, fires, mayhem, and the utter collapse of civilization. As a political philosophy, anarchy is something much different from the bad rap it has in the minds of the sheeple. It is a philosophy centered around the … Continue reading A LIVING EXAMPLE OF POLITICAL ANARCHY – NO STATE, NO POLICE, NO GANGS, NO CRIME

Why It’s So Challenging to Keep Things the Same

Why do people who have lost dozens of pounds struggle to maintain their weight once those pounds are gone? How is keeping afloat in the job you have different from working to get a promotion or trying to ace a job interview? Could running to stay healthy be tougher than running your first marathon? Keeping things the same is a very distinct process from striving for a goal. Researchers Yael Ecker and Michael Gilead from the University of the Negev describe the differences in Perspectives on Psychological Science, highlighting research on goals and motivation that sheds light on maintenance as a … Continue reading Why It’s So Challenging to Keep Things the Same

14 Facts About Bipolar Disorder That Everyone Should Know

Leigh Wells/Getty Images It’s so much more than feeling up and down. By Carolyn L. Todd Bipolar disorder is one of the most misunderstood mental health conditions out there. If your perception of the illness is mainly shaped by pop culture depictions like Carrie’s counterterrorist exploits on Homeland, then spoiler alert: The reality of bipolar disorder is much more nuanced than it may seem. Keep reading to learn 14 key facts about bipolar disorder that everyone should know. 1. Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by dramatic shifts in mood and behavior. These shifts are referred to as “mood episodes,” according to the National Institute … Continue reading 14 Facts About Bipolar Disorder That Everyone Should Know

Less is More

Photo by Sam Austin | http://bit.ly/2GhdCkt The fewer things you think about at any given time, the more you’ll see right here, right now. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu We spread thoughts of goodwill for all the world, that we don’t wish anyone any harm. We wish that all beings could find happiness. So why are we sitting here with our eyes closed? Why aren’t we going out there, making people happy? Because happiness is something that has to come from within. It’s based on being skillful in the way you act, which includes not only your physical actions, but also your speech and the actions … Continue reading Less is More